All posts filed under: Medical Myths

Is It a Cold or the Flu? (Infographic)

When you or your child wakes up with chills, aches, a runny nose, or a fever, sometimes it’s tricky to discern if it’s a cold or the flu. Proper treatment begins with understanding the symptoms that differentiate a cold from the flu. A cold is a mild respiratory illness that can keep you ill for a few days, while the flu is a virus that may last a few days to even weeks.

Is Your Daily Coffee Fix Good for Your Health?

Raise a mug on National Coffee Day: Your favorite morning habit may offer more benefits than just a jolt of caffeine. Coffee has been consumed for hundreds of years and blamed for several ills such as causing heart disease and stunting your growth. However, a growing body of research shows that your morning cup of Joe may have several health benefits when consumed in moderation. These are some big ones.

Does your period really sync up with women you live with?

Have you ever suspected that you and the women you see most seem to feel cranky, tired, or bloated around the same time each month? The idea of menstrual cycle syncing has been around for decades and some people have even tied the lunar cycle into the equation. But does data back up the claim that menstrual periods can really sync up?

Does Gum Stay in Your System for Seven Years?

Chances are you’ve heard the admonition to not swallow that wad of gum or it’ll stay in your digestive tract for up to seven years. Maybe there’s no garbage can in sight so instead of sticking the gum to the underside of a table, you simply swallow it; problem solved. But is the wad of Big League Chew® you ate during the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone still dissolving in your gut? Gastroenterologist Josh Vandersteen has answers.